Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The EU courts confirmed the latest in a series of sanctions against Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has fined Poland 1m euros a day for the time taken to fill disciplinary cases into its top court.
The fines, of about 10m euros a year, show the ongoing tensions over the independence of the country’s judiciary.
The ECJ’s final decision on the matter has yet to be issued.
Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) is battling Brussels over its eurosceptic stance.
These tensions came to a head this month when the EU moved to suspend a planned re-alignment of its external borders to prevent migrants entering the bloc.
The bloc’s executive body, the European Commission, accuses the government of violating the EU’s treaty and is trying to take control of Poland’s affairs in an attempt to uphold European values.
Previously, the courts had been concerned with holding the Polish government to account over its refusal to recognise rulings of courts it did not like.
Following the ECJ’s previous rulings, the court had initiated disciplinary proceedings against the ministers of justice, while Polish prosecutors and police chiefs were barred from travelling outside Poland.